Parents' Guide to

Black Love

By Jenny Nixon, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Nuanced, intimate conversations about Black relationships.

TV OWN Reality TV 2017
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As this is currently the only non-scripted TV show centered specifically on the Black romantic experience on the air, this is definitely a one-of-a-kind program. Sure, certain reality shows might prominently feature black couples, but those tend to focus on manufacturing salacious dramas and creating clickbait, whereas Black Love offers an intimate, nuanced look at relationships and a casual format that feels like you're talking to your new best friends.

No matter your own relationship status, it's easy to get sucked into these wide-ranging conversations as the couples explore how their love stories came about and the work they've put in to keep them going. It's not all pie-in-the-sky mushy talk, either -- these couples dig deep and cover tough subjects like dealing with infertility and miscarriage and healing from childhood trauma in order to be the best partner they can be. It's quite a thing to see this kind of representation on the air at last, and the only thing that would make it better is if the creators expand their worldview a bit (which they're reportedly working on) to include more same-sex and nontraditional couples in the mix. As Black Love shows us, no two couples are the same, so the more points of view that are represented, the merrier.

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